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Calling all Cyclists! Tom and the Peloton 2013 Ventoux AOC

 
We are proud to present this red Ventoux to mark the 50th anniversary of Tom Simpson’s death, a British cyclist from the 1960s, one of the best ever, who died of exhaustion within a mile of the summit of Mont Ventoux. A memorial on the roadside close to where he died has since become a place of pilgrimage. A rich Ventoux red for £12.80 per bottle - for each bottle sold, it includes a small charitable donation to the Simpson family to maintain the memorial. 
 
Born in County Durham, Tom Simpson was one of Britain’s greatest cyclists. Specialising in pursuit racing, he won amateur medals at both the 1956 Olympics and the 1958 Commonwealth Games. 
 
In 1959, Simpson moved to France, winning his first professional race, the Tour de Flanders, two years later. He was the first ever British rider to wear the Yellow Jersey, finishing 6th overall in the Tour de France of 1962. His pleasant disposition made him popular with both fans and the peloton. 
 
Sadly, in the thirteenth stage of the Tour of 1967, Simpson collapsed and died during and ascent of Mount Ventoux. He was 29 years old. A memorial on the roadside close to where he died has since become a place of pilgrimage. His character and charm, but determination and will to win ensures that Tom, le plus fort will always be held in high esteem by his fellow cyclists.
 
“His body ached, his legs grew tired, but still he would not give in.”
 

 

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